Malaxis ovalisepala (J.J.Sm.) Seidenf. 1978 SECTION Crepidium

Plant and Flowers

Photos by Peter O'Byrne


Common Name The Oval Sepal Malaxis - In China - Luan E Zhao Lan

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in southern Yunnan province of China, Thailand and Sumatra on shaded slopes at elevations of 600 to 1500 meters as a miniature sized, hot to warm growing terrestrial with a creeping rhizome giving rise to an elongating, cylindric, fleshy stem carrying up to 10, obliquely ovate to elliptic, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the late spring on an erect, terminal, 4.2 to 7.2" [10.5 to 18 cm] long, longitudianlly ridged, laxly 7 to 8 flowered inflorescence with reflexed, lanceolate, floral bracts.

Synonyms Crepidium ovalisepalum (J.J.Sm.) Szlach. 1995;*Microstylis ovalisepala J.J.Sm. 1928

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Dansk Botanisk Arkiv Bind 33 nr 1 Orchids of Thailand VII Oberonia & Malaxis Seidenfaden 1978 drawing fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009 as Crepidium ovalisepalum; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 as Crepidium ovalisepalum photos ok; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 2 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 as Crepidium ovalisepalum photo fide;